9 Apr 2013

Royal Mail has joined forces with X Factor winner, Joe McElderry, to take on the music charts and raise money for charity, by releasing a single in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The Royal Mail Choir and Joe have recorded a stirring new version of the famous hymn Abide with Me. Set to a new arrangement, the song also features a 20-piece string orchestra.

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The track is available for download from iTunes and Amazon MP3.

Royal Mail will donate £1 to Prostate Cancer UK for every download.

The Royal Mail Choir

Choir leader, Tim Barber, commented: "We've got 30 postmen, postwomen, delivery office, mail centre staff and managers singing their hearts out for charity.

"Joe's a brilliant singer and he's been enormously helpful - we're all really proud of the song and delighted Joe agreed to take part."

Working with Joe McElderry

Joe and the choir recorded the single at the famous Sphere Studios, London, where the likes of Adele and the Script made their albums.

Joe said: "I was delighted to be asked to sing on this record, which will hopefully raise lots of money for Prostate Cancer UK.

"It was great recording the song with the Royal Mail Choir - they're a talented group of people, and together I think we've produced a brilliant and moving track."

Joe continued: "Royal Mail's doing a fantastic thing by supporting Prostate Cancer UK in this way. It's not the sort of thing that you'd expect a big organisation to do. I was very impressed when I heard of their plans."

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